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Anthony J. Vacanti of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired real estate agent and a former Buffalo city employee, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in his home after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended Canisius College.

He served in the Army during World War II as a field lineman in the 77th Infantry Division and saw battle in the Marshall Islands, the southern Philippines and the Ryukyu Islands, which included Okinawa. He received two Purple Hearts.

Before the war, he worked as a law clerk and helped his parents operate their ice cream store and grocery on the city's West Side.

Returning from service, he worked as a city water inspector, retiring in 1972.

One of the first Italian-Americans to move to North Buffalo, he operated Senate Real Estate from his home there in the 1950s and 1960s. He moved to the Town of Tonawanda 16 years ago.

He was a member of Troop I Post, American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Concetta "Connie" Martino; a son, Robert of the Town of Tonawanda; two daughters, Elaine Ramunno of the Town of Tonawanda and Barbara Heller; a sister, Josephine Fleck of Amherst; and six grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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